Sunday, March 27, 2005

Why Judge Greer is Wrong

Judge: To form an opinion or estimation of after careful deliberation. (American Heritage Dictionary)

Judge Greer decided that Terri Schiavo would not want to live on a feeding tube despite that fact that she left no living will. He based this on the hearsay evidence of Terri's estranged and adulterous legal spouse, Michael Schiavo, who had much to benefit from Terri's death.

What troubles me is that the Judge failed to consider whether or not Terri would wish this death for herself as it would cause great anguish and grief for her parents and siblings. From what I've heard, Terri sounded like a kind, considerate person. She loved her family. What good daughter would want to cause such suffering for her parents? I don't believe that she would have chosen this route because she knew that it would hurt her mother and father terribly.

Instead, the Judge decided that, notwithstanding the fact that Michael Schiavo for all intents and purposes has abandoned his legal wife, this silent disabled woman MUST wish to die by dehydration because her husband, the ACLU, the Pro Death culture, and some medical "experts" with a personal agenda all wish it. What sort of basis did he use for his deliberation?

King Solomon, who was renowned for his wise judgments, decided that a baby belonged to the woman who most wished that the baby would live. The law today would say that possession is 9/10s of the law. So Judge Greer would have awarded that baby to the woman who was indifferent to whether he lived or died.

That is where conventional wisdom has us today.